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August 17, 2009

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August 17, 2009

I have been a Board member with Ayuda for the past 5 years. During that time I've been constantly impressed by the dedication and passion of the staff in helping Miami's low income families - especially the children. Day care, summer camp, programs in art, music & journalism, and teenage empowerment counseling, are just a few of the very successful services offered by Ayuda. With budget cuts threatening many of the programs, I've seen the generosity of volunteers and staff with both time and money to make sure all our programs can continue. When I hear the beauty of our children's violin orchestra, read the creative stories written by children for their own newspaper, or hear about a troubled teenager who has turned her life around because of our counselors, I'm grateful for being a small part of these extraordinary efforts. When you can prove a 98% success rate in working with juvenile delinquents - insuring these young people will not continue down a dangerous path - you know you're doing something very right!!! I want to express a very special thanks and heartfelt admiration for the President and CEO of Ayuda, Luis de Jesus. With his leadership and consistent passion for Ayuda's work, I have seen this organization move to a higher level of awareness and effectiveness. Our community is very fortunate to have such a committed man running such an outstanding organization!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of children who would otherwise not have much to smile or laugh about. Knowing that what we do has such a great impact on families who are hurting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loving, dedicated and passionate in their work! The consistent positive attitude in spite of our financial challenges keeps everyone encouraged and uplifted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of all low income families throughout South Florida by dramatically lowering juvenile delinquencies, providing quality education, and supplying concrete tools to ensure bright futures for all young people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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